Kita Maninka language

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Not to be confused with Kagoro language (Nigeria).
Kita Maninkakan
Central Malinke
Native to Mali
Ethnicity Mandinka
Native speakers
450,000  (2009 census)[1]
  • Mande
    • Western Mande
      • ...
        • Manding
          • West Manding
            • Kita Maninkakan
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
mwk – Kita Maninka
xkg – Kagoro

Kita Maninkakan, or Central Malinke, is a Manding language spoken by close to a million people in Mali, where it is a national language.. About 10% are ethnically Fula.

The Kagoro variety is 86% lexically similar according to Ethnologue, and is being replaced by Bambara.


  1. ^ Kita Maninka at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Kagoro at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)